Two cops chase in stolen cars in ‘prolific’ crime spree

Guilty plea: A court heard how a Numurkah man was involved in two police car chases in one week. Photo by Megan Fisher

A man was involved in police chases twice in a week, one reaching speeds of 170km/h, in what was described by a magistrate as part of a series of “prolific” crimes.

Chace Johnathyn Monaghan, 23, of Numurkah, pleaded guilty in Shepparton Magistrates Court to charges including reckless driving endangering life, reckless driving endangering serious bodily injury, two counts of no – stopping a vehicle at the request of the police, two counts of theft of a vehicle, two counts of tampering with a vehicle and three counts of driving disqualified.

He also pleaded guilty to seven counts of theft, eight counts of committing an indictable offense while out on bail and two counts of handling/receiving/retaining stolen property. .

The court heard that Monaghan forced another car off the road as he drove on the wrong side of the road in a stolen Ford Courier while being chased by police along Vickers Rd, Nagambie, on 30 December 2020.

The chase was called off because it was too dangerous.

The vehicle was found abandoned at the intersection of Tatura-Rushworth Rd and Darby Rd, Waranga Shores on January 5, 2021, after being involved in an accident.

In a second police chase, police attempted to arrest Monaghan when they spotted him in a stolen Mercedes hatchback in Numurkah.

He drove a police car down Meiklejohn St, with police having to take evasive action to avoid being hit by the vehicle, which had been stolen in Brighton East.

A police chase began at Quinn St, where Monaghan was driving at around 120 km/h.

Police chased him down the Goulburn Valley Highway, but the pursuit was halted due to significant risk to the public.

He was again spotted by police in Shepparton, before the police helicopter was called in to follow him.

The air wing followed him near Echuca, with Monaghan seen driving at speeds of up to 170 km/h.

A tire deflation device was deployed on the North Freeway in Rochester and he pulled over and was pulled over on the freeway near Prairie-Rochester Rd in Ballendella.

Magistrate Mary-Anne MacCallum described her offense as a “prolific crime spree”.

In addition to the two police chases, the court heard that Monaghan was also involved in several gasoline thefts – in Seymour on December 26, 2020, worth $88.85; Stanhope two days later ($64); 34 liters at Yarra Glen on January 11, 2021; Alexandra on January 12 ($55.05); Goulburn Weir on January 13 ($60.80); and Avenel on January 4 ($56).

Also on January 4, Monaghan and others stole an unregistered dirt bike from a home in Mangalore, which was later seen in the back of the stolen Ford Courier ute in Seymour.

He was also the driver of a vehicle where his passenger was seen opening the door of another vehicle at 2:55 p.m. on January 4, as well as trying the door handles of an Audi Q5 at a house in Killingworth at 3:55 a.m.

An MG Roadster sports car was also tampered with in Killingworth in the early hours of the morning itself.

When sentencing Monaghan, Ms MacCallum said she took into account mitigating circumstances, including Monaghan’s young age and childhood which saw her father die when he was young before being abandoned by his mother when he was young. that he was a teenager, which led to his drug addiction.

Monaghan has already spent 43 days in pre-trial detention on these matters and the defense has urged the magistrate to sentence Monaghan to a prison term which would run concurrently with a sentence he is already serving.

Ms MacCallum sentenced Monaghan to 18 months in jail to run alongside a four-year sentence he is already serving for county court cases.

He was also disqualified from driving, with that disqualification also to be carried out at the same time as his previous county court conviction.

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